Volleyball increases in popularity

By Alley Morris
Times-News correspondent

Volleyball: A game for two teams in which the object is to keep a large ball in motion, from side to side over a high net, by striking it with the hands before it touches the ground” — Dictionary.com

William G. Morgan originated volleyball in 1895 at the YMCA in Holyoke, Mass.
Over two decades, the sport has increased in popularity. There are now world championships, world leagues, world cups, grand champion cups and the Olympic Games, according to FIVB.org.
In 2015, more girls were playing volleyball rather than basketball, according to the National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS).
“I like getting to play with people from my school that I might not usually hang out with during the day. It allows me to travel out of my comfort zone and have fun while doing,” said Layney Harris, an eighth-grader at C.W Stanford in Orange County.
   The season for middle school volleyball is mid-March through mid-May, while the Junior Varsity and Varsity season is the beginning of August through the end of October.
Volleyball clubs, such as Fusion Volleyball Club in Burlington, are a possibility for interested players. Most clubs are organized under United States of America Volleyball (USAV).
“After my daughter had played club volleyball for several years, I found the desire to grow club volleyball in Alamance County and the surrounding areas,” said Lisa Andrews, director of Fusion Volleyball Club.
“When I first wanted to start the club, I was both nervous and scared. Could I find individuals that have a lot more volleyball experience through the years to kick start Fusion? It hasn’t been easy, but through the years I have been so blessed to get the right people at the right time to help me continue this journey and Fusion continues to thrive,” she added.
Volleyball clubs are a way for players to become more involved in the sport.
“Club volleyball is a great place for young players to learn the skills to play at a high level. They also gain self-confidence and learn responsibility since they referee games during tournaments,” said Russell Doss, the 14U coach at Fusion Volleyball Club.
“My driving force is when I see a younger player demonstrate self-confidence and pride in their abilities that was not there before. I love to encourage young players to challenge themselves to perform to the best of their ability.”
Most volleyball club seasons start mid-November through the beginning of April.
Home-schoolers have volleyball teams, too.
“I love home-school volleyball most importantly because we’re in a Christian environment. It’s also great to be around girls who understand what it’s like to be home-schooled,” said Leah Tucker of Burlington, who has played home-school volleyball for four years. “I think some people automatically have lower standards for our team since we are home-schooled. My middle school team won the State Championship. People typically don’t believe we actually have competition.”
Home-school volleyball season runs August through the end of October.
There are lots of opportunities in the sport of volleyball. With lots of hard work and determination, you can become an amazing and inspiring competitor.

Alley Morris is an eighth-grade home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.

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